BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan is proud to announce the hiring of Alexa Johnson as the new head coach of the Acrobatics & Tumbling team.
Johnson comes to Wesleyan after an impressive career on the mat for Fairmont State University where she graduated this past May with a degree in Exercise Science.
“My goal was to stay in West Virginia and West Virginia Wesleyan feels like home and reminds me a lot of where I grew up. I look forward to taking the reins of this strong program,” stated Johnson
The Ripley (W. Va.) native was a four-year member of the Acrobatics & Tumbling team at Fairmont State and was a part of three national tournament teams.
She suffered an injury that sidelined her for most of her senior year, but before the injury she was a apart of the pyramid event that scored three perfect 10 scores in a row.
After the injury, Johnson transitioned into a student-assistant coaching role and helped lead the Falcons to a 2019 Mountain East Conference Championship.
“My experience as a student-assistant coach was incredible, and it truly ignited my passion for coaching, and reaffirmed this was something I wanted to do for my career,” added Johnson.
The Acrobatics & Tumbling world experienced big news last week when the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics issued a recommendation that all three NCAA divisions add acrobatics and tumbling to the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program.
If adopted, Acrobatics & Tumbling would be formally recognized as an emerging sport effective Aug. 1, 2020.
“This is amazing for women in college athletics, not just Acrobatics & Tumbling and will benefit Wesleyan moving forward,” remarked Johnson.
“We are very fortunate to have Johnson as our head coach,” stated Wesleyan Director of Athletics Randy Tenney. “She brings a wealth of knowledge in her sport and in the coaching techniques used to build the strong program currently at Fairmont State. Wesleyan is committed to the growth of Acrobatics & Tumbling and feel we have a great young coach to move our program forward."
Johnson will start her new role at West Virginia Wesleyan on August 1.